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  • Boffins spy liquid water on Saturn's moon - hides a vast, liquid ocean beneath its icy surface.

    02/10/2010 12:14:29 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies · 383+ views
    The Register ^ | 10th February 2010 08:02 GMT | Austin Modine in San Francisco
    There's little doubt now that the Saturn moon Enceladus hides a vast, liquid ocean beneath its icy surface. Massive plumes of water vapor discovered by Cassini in 2005 sparked speculation of sub-surface liquid water within the tiny moon. Later, fly-bys found that the massive geysers - whose jet steams supply the material for Saturn's outer-most ring - contain traces of sodium — believed to be the signature of a large body of liquid water with long periods of contact to minerals deep inside Enceladus. Now, a team of scientists from University College London's Mullard Space Science Laboratory say data from...
  • 27-Megapixel Saturn Panoramic Image Makes Perfect Widescreen Desktop Background

    12/31/2009 10:47:10 AM PST · by Reaganesque · 11 replies · 1,808+ views ^ | 12/31/09 | Jesus Diaz
    No, I'm not obsessed with Saturn. OK, I am obsessed with Saturn. But so is Time, who picked this deliciously crispy photo as one of the images of the year, revealing ring bumps as high as the Rocky Mountains. I'm not surprised, because it's a truly unique moment, one that happens at Saturn's equinox, which is an event that only happens twice in 10,179 Earth days. And this time, we had Cassini there to take this amazing photo, just when the sun illuminates the rings edge-on. As Carolyn Porco—Cassini imaging team leader—puts it: The geometry revealed structures and phenomena in...
  • GM Plans Pontiac Fire Sale (as much as 46% off the sticker price)

    12/29/2009 7:46:52 AM PST · by SonOfDarkSkies · 38 replies · 2,399+ views ^ | 12/29/2009
    General Motors Co. is offering its dealers hefty incentives to move thousands of leftover vehicles from its discontinued Saturn and Pontiac brands. The unusual tactic could inflate the car maker's December sales and cut the cost to car buyers by as much as 46% off the sticker price. In what is equivalent to a year-end fire sale, GM sent letters to dealers Dec. 23 saying it would pay them $7,000 for every new Saturn or Pontiac on their lot that is moved to rental-vehicle or service-vehicle fleets operated by the dealers. Dealers can then sell the vehicles at a more...
  • What Earth Would Look Like With Rings Like Saturn

    12/18/2009 12:24:46 PM PST · by Maceman · 63 replies · 2,633+ views
    YouTube ^ | November 19, 2009 | Roy Prol
    What the rings would look like from different cities and latitudes across the world. It's interesting to imagine how it would effect culture throughout time. It would have influenced religion, mythology, navigation, etc.. Creator - Roy Prol SONG- Schubert's Ave Maria Sung by Barbara Bonney
  • "What if earth had rings like Saturn?"

    11/23/2009 6:33:08 AM PST · by svcw · 13 replies · 893+ views
    I just found this video to be interesting and enjoyable. Enjoy.
  • NASA reveals first-ever photo of liquid on another world

    12/18/2009 3:11:00 PM PST · by dragnet2 · 58 replies · 3,437+ views
    Cnn.copm ^ | 12/18/2009 | Thom Patterson
    A photo from Cassini shows sunlight reflecting from a giant lake of methane on the northern half of Saturn's moon Titan. (CNN) -- NASA scientists revealed Friday a first-of-its-kind image from space showing reflecting sunlight from a lake on Saturn's largest moon, Titan. It's the first visual "smoking gun" evidence of liquid on the northern hemisphere of the moon, scientists said, and the first-ever photo from another world showing a "specular reflection" -- which is reflection from a liquid surface. Jaumann said he was surprised when he first saw the photos transmitting from Cassini, orbiting Saturn about a billion...
  • Water Geysers on Saturn Moon Take Center Stage

    11/04/2009 9:47:59 AM PST · by Frenchtown Dan · 9 replies · 689+ views ^ | 11/04/09 | Clara Moskowitz
    Striking new photos of water-vapor geysers erupting from Saturn's moon Enceladus were beamed to Earth this week by NASA's Cassini spacecraft in orbit around the ringed planet.
  • Spectacular Video of Saturn Moons Disturbing Its Rings

    Click here to view the amazing video! Sir Isaac Newton would be amazed by this awesome video, showing Saturn moons causing gravitational waves as they orbit near its F Ring. These images can only be taken every 15 years, during Saturn's equinox. Thankfully, Cassini is there now. In the video you can see Prometheus (in the inner side) and Pandora (on the outer side), disturbing and smoothing the rings one after the other, which is why they are called shepherd moons. Things get even more spectacular in the Keeler gap, inside the A ring. There, Daphnis surfs the ring creating...
  • Giant Backward Ring Found Around Saturn

    10/08/2009 9:54:25 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 27 replies · 2,394+ views
    CEH ^ | October 7, 2009
    Oct 7, 2009 — Saturn has a newly-discovered ring to add to its decor – the largest of all. It’s so big, it makes Saturn look like a speck in the middle of it. The ring, located at the orbit of the small outer moon Phoebe, is inclined 27 degrees and revolves backwards around Saturn. This was announced today by...
  • Revealed: Saturn's secret 'doughnut' ring ... big enough to contain one billion Earths

    10/07/2009 3:46:06 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies · 1,402+ views
    Daily Mail Reporter ^ | 9:44 PM on 07th October 2009
    Saturn's biggest and never-been-seen before ring has been discovered.The 'super-sized' halo was found by Nasa's Spitzer Space Telescope. To get a sense of its size it has a vertical height which is about 20 times the diameter of the planet, which is nine times the size of our planet. Furthermore, the entire volume of the ring could hold about one billion Earths. The bulk of the ring starts about 3.7million miles from Saturn itself and extends outward about another 7.4million miles.With it being so huge many will ask how come it was not seen before. This is because the ring...
  • New Bids For Saturn Unlikely, Analysts Say

    10/06/2009 10:45:18 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 14 replies · 711+ views
    Will another bidder for General Motors‘ Saturn brand come out of the woodwork after a deal to sell the division to Penske Automotive fell through? Not likely, industry observers tell The Detroit Free Press. General Motors said Wednesday that it planned to close its Saturn brand after Penske abruptly called off an agreement to buy the division. Penske said Wednesday in a statement that it could not proceed with the deal because another manufacturer, which it did not identify, rejected plans to build vehicles that would be distributed under the Saturn brand name. The Detroit Free Press, however, said the...
  • Saturn and Me: GM Loses a Customer

    10/06/2009 10:27:46 PM PDT · by TBP · 34 replies · 1,246+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | October 6, 2009 | Allan Sloan
    Until last week I had been one of General Motors' most reliable customers for more than 15 years. But my relationship with GM ended the very day the company announced that it was closing its Saturn operation
  • GM To Shut Down Saturn After Penske Ends Talks

    09/30/2009 3:43:15 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 37 replies · 1,846+ views
    APReport ^ | September 30, 2009
    GM To Shut Down Saturn After Penske Ends Talks Production agreement with another manufacturer falls through, killing deal GM to drop Saturn after Penske ends talks Sept. 30: General Motors Co. says it plans to shut down its Saturn brand and dealer network after talks with Penake Automotive Group fell apart. DETROIT - General Motors Co. said Wednesday it would shut down its Saturn division after an agreement to sell it to Penske Automotive Group Inc. fell apart. The Bloomfield, Michigan dealership headed by auto racing magnate Roger Penske walked away after it was unable to find a manufacturer to...
  • Penske drop bid for Saturn, GM to end brand

    09/30/2009 2:06:49 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 49 replies · 2,104+ views
    Reuters ^ | 9/30/09
    Penske Automotive Group (PAG.N) said on Wednesday it has terminated discussions with General Motors Co GM.UL to acquire the automaker's Saturn brand. GM said in a separate statement it would wind down the Saturn brand and its dealership network.
  • GM to end Saturn brand as buyer drops bid

    09/30/2009 1:52:08 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 48 replies · 1,334+ views
    AFP ^ | 9/30/2009
    General Motors said Tuesday it would wind down its Saturn brand after talks broke off with Penske Automotive Group on a bid for the nameplate. GM said in a statement that Penske "has decided to terminate discussions" to acquire Saturn "because of the inability to source new products beyond what it had asked GM to build on contract." "This is very disappointing news and comes after months of hard work by hundreds of dedicated employees and Saturn retailers who tried to make the new Saturn a reality," the US automaker said.
  • (MI) Penske Terminates Saturn Talks

    09/30/2009 1:53:31 PM PDT · by Kieri · 21 replies · 1,134+ views
    WXYZ-TV ^ | 09/30/09 | Various
    BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (WXYZ) - The Penske Automotive Group has announced that it has terminated talks with GM on acquiring the Saturn brand. Penske says negotiations with GM regarding the future supply of vehicles caused the breakdown in talks. G In a statement issued by General Motors, the company is very disappointed about Penske's decision. This will ultimately be the end for the Saturn brand as GM prepares to wind down production and dealership network. STATEMENT FROM GENERAL MOTORS: Today we learned that Penske Automotive Group (PAG) has decided to terminate discussions with General Motors to acquire Saturn. This is...
  • Saturn at Equinox

    09/24/2009 9:10:02 PM PDT · by Bean Counter · 6 replies · 784+ views
    Cassini ^ | September, 2009 | Cassini That is a link to a slideshow that NASA is hosting, that has some of them most stunning pictures of Saturn I've ever seen. Saturn was at equinox in August, meaning that the sun was exactly over the edge of the rings. That may not sound like a big deal, but Saturn takes 30 years to make one orbit, so equinox comes every 15 years. The difference this time is that the Cassini spacecraft was in place to watch it happen first hand, and the images are stunning. Think about a sandy beach at high noon. If you look...
  • Saturn to Pull Celestial Houdini on August 11

    08/11/2009 10:27:32 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 14 replies · 851+ views
    Nasa ^ | 09 August 2009 | Unknown
    In 1918, magician extraordinaire Harry Houdini created a sensation when he made a 10,000 pound elephant disappear before a mystified audience of over 5,200 at New York's famed Hippodrome theatre. But a vanishing pachyderm is nothing compared to the magnificent illusion to be performed by our solar system's own sixth rock from the sun on Aug. 11. On that day, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages, the planet Saturn, with no help from either Jupiter or Uranus, will make its 170,000-mile-wide ring system disappear. How does a mere gas giant planet, without the benefit of a...
  • Like the fist of an angry god (Did something just hit Saturn's rings?)

    08/09/2009 11:11:26 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 56 replies · 3,050+ views
    Deep in the outer realms of our solar system, well over a billion kilometers away, something bizarre happened at Saturn’s F ring. I mean, seriously: what the he** happened here? Cassini image of something punching through Saturn’s F ring This is one of the latest pictures returned from the remarkable human achievement that is the Cassini spacecraft, a probe the size of a school bus that has been orbiting the ringed planet since 2004. It’s returned one incredible picture after another, and lately — as Saturn’s orbit has brought it to a point where the rings are nearly edge-on to...
  • Saturn Ring Shrinkage Result of Global Mating

    03/19/2008 6:21:16 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 33 replies · 1,067+ views
    What happened to Saturn's rings? Amateur astronomers have noticed something different when they peer through their telescopes recently. "The rings have narrowed considerably in the last year," one said. "The Cassini division (a dark gap in the rings) is getting hard to see."